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lap 1

 (lăp)
n.
1.
a. The front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person.
b. The portion of a garment that covers the lap.
2. A hanging or flaplike part, especially of a garment.
3. An area of responsibility, interest, or control: an opportunity that dropped in his lap.
Idiom:
the lap of luxury
Conditions of great affluence or material comfort: an heiress living in the lap of luxury.

[Middle English lappe, lappet, lap, from Old English læppa, lappet.]

lap′ful′ n.

lap 2

 (lăp)
v. lapped, lap·ping, laps
v.tr.
1.
a. To place or lay (something) so as to overlap another: lapped the roof tiles so that water would run off.
b. To lie partly over or on: each shingle lapping the next; shadows that lapped the wall.
2. To fold (something) over onto itself: a cloth edge that had been lapped and sewn to make a hem.
3. To wrap or wind around (something); encircle.
4. To envelop in something; swathe: models who were lapped in expensive furs.
5. To join (pieces, as of wood) by means of a scarf or lap joint.
6. Sports To get ahead of (an opponent) in a race by one or more complete circuits of the course, as in running, or by two or more lengths of a pool in swimming.
7. To convert (cotton or other fibers) into a sheet or layer.
8.
a. To polish (a surface) until smooth.
b. To hone (two mating parts) against each other until closely fitted.
v.intr.
1. To lie partly on or over something; overlap.
2. To form a lap or fold.
3. To wind around or enfold something.
n.
1.
a. A part that overlaps.
b. The amount by which one part overlaps another.
2.
a. One complete round or circuit, especially of a racetrack.
b. One complete length of a straight course, as of a swimming pool.
3. A segment or stage, as of a trip.
4.
a. A length, as of rope, required to make one complete turn around something.
b. The act of lapping or encircling.
5. A continuous band or layer of cotton, flax, or other fiber.
6. A wheel, disk, or slab of leather or metal, either stationary or rotating, used for polishing and smoothing.

[Middle English lappen, from lappe, lap, lappet; see lap1.]

lap 3

 (lăp)
v. lapped, lap·ping, laps
v.tr.
1. To take in (a liquid or food) by lifting it with the tongue.
2. To wash or slap against with soft liquid sounds: waves lapping the side of the boat.
v.intr.
1. To take in a liquid or food with the tongue.
2. To wash against something with soft liquid sounds.
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of lapping.
b. The amount taken in by lapping.
2. The sound of lapping.
3. A watery food or drink.
Phrasal Verb:
lap up
To receive eagerly or greedily: lapping up praise.

[Middle English lapen, from Old English lapian.]

lapping

(ˈlæpɪŋ)
n
a gentle sound of water
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lapping - covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)lapping - covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
Translations

lapping

[ˈlæpɪŋ] N [of waves, water] → chapaleteo m

lapping

[ˈlæpɪŋ] n (= sound of water) → clapotis m

lapping

n (of water)Plätschern nt, → Schlagen nt
References in classic literature ?
or where you might turn and look across the still lapping harbour, out through the little neck of light between the headlands to the shimmering sea beyond,--your ears filled with a melting tide of sweet sounds, the murmur of the streams and the gentle surging of the sea, the rippling of leaves, the soft restless whisper of women's gowns, and the music of their vowelled voices.
But the only noise they heard was the gentle lapping of the little waves against the sides of their ship.
It was one January morning, very early--a pinching, frosty morning--the cove all grey with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward.
All our thirst, which vanished when the terror came, now returned with the lapping of the water.
The sleepy waves lapping the sand unfurled themselves along the shore that extended as far as the eye could see, but where land began, it was limited by the downs which separated it from the "Swamp," a large meadow shaped like a hippodrome.
Oh, father," continued the executioner, without opening his eyes, as if he feared on opening them to see some frightful object, "it is especially when night comes on and when I have to cross a river, that this terror which I have been unable to conquer comes upon me; it then seems as if my hand grew heavy, as if the cutlass was still in its grasp, as if the water had the color of blood, and all the voices of nature -- the whispering of the trees, the murmur of the wind, the lapping of the wave -- united in a voice tearful, despairing, terrible, crying to me, `Place for the justice of God
At last Cheyne pitched away the cigar-butt, and the two sat in the dark over the lapping water.
In two hours several telegrams had reached the angry minister of a southern State reporting that all trace of a somewhat bruised Mahratta had been lost; and by the time the leisurely train halted at Saharunpore the last ripple of the store Kim had helped to heave was lapping against the steps of a mosque in far-away Roum - where it disturbed a pious man at prayers.